Maquoketa Valley’s boys’ cross country team combined for a third-place finish at the Anamosa Invitational, Sept. 25. The Wildcats did not field a team in the girls’ varsity competition.

Nolan Ries led the Wildcats around the course with a 10th-place finish in 17:21. Cy Huber 11th (17:26), Michael Schaul 22nd (18:00), George Livingston 36th (18:40) and Matthew Schaul 38th (18:42) rounded out the counting five. Arion Rave was 44th (18:49) and Landin Frasher 94th (21:19).

“The boys’ team showed significant improvement. Their time spread between first and fifth man was reduced from over 2:30 to under 1:30. That is one of the keys to becoming a championship team. Another key is having good individual times. Six out of nine guys improved their personal best times. George Livingston improved by over 1:30,” co-coach Pat Meehan said.

Tipton won the boys’ team title with 40 points. Solon was second (78), MV third (117), Bellevue fourth (179), Cedar Rapids Jefferson fifth (183), Monticello sixth (187), Davenport Assumption seventh (191), Anamosa eighth (216), Fort Madison ninth (238), North Linn 10th (241), Cascade 11th (254), Camanche 12th (298), South Winneshiek 13th (332), Springville 14th (352), Prince of Peace 15th (393) and Midland 16th (444).

Caleb Livingston placed 19th in the junior varsity boys’ race in 21:05 and Brody Eike 27th (21:31).

Isabel Imler finished seventh in the girls’ junior varsity race in 22:43. McKenna Bush was 42nd (27:35), Jordan Hogan 55th (29:04) and Allison Hogan 57th (29:37).

“The girls did not have enough runners to score as a team but showed individual improvement. Isabel Imler improved by 45 seconds in her personal best time,” Meehan said.

In the middle school girls’ race, Taryn Burbridge placed fifth (13:00), Haydin Flannagan 53rd (17:15), Emily Rudd 54th (17:15) and Elizabeth Kraft 55th (17:44).

“The teams are improving at the right time for we only have two weeks of regular-season meets remaining before we start the championship meets of conference, state-qualifying and state,” Meehan concluded.